Septic Tank Back Up: Top 5 Warning Signs

Septic Tank Back Up: Top 5 Warning Signs

Published on July 19, 2017

1. Drain Clogs 

Clogged drains are a common indicator of septic problems, as well as being one of the most common problems homeowners face.

A clogged drain is caused by a number of things:

  • An obstruction in the line caused by a buildup of pressure between the object and the inner circumference of the pipe. An example is a diaper stuck in the drain line. There is simply too much diaper to fit through the line at once!
  • An obstruction caused by a buildup of material at the location of an imperfection in the pipe. The imperfection could fall into a number of different categories.
  • An intrusion (barb, pipe fragment, root) in the pipe which may “catch” debris.
  • A “belly” in the pipe, where the slope of the pipe is so little that gravity no longer carries waste debris away.
  • A collapsed or separated sewer line – this may go unnoticed for longer than most people think. Over time, the sewer line may collapse entirely. Learn about our trenchless pipe repair to find out how to reduce your repair costs by thousands of dollars.

Luckily, A clogged drain is by far the simplest problem to fix.

 2. Sewage Backup

Sewage backup is a more severe problem than a slow moving or clogged drain.

A sewage backup is when odorous black water appears in your drain, bathtub, or toilet. There is a problem somewhere in your septic tank, its components, or drainfield.

A septic expert should be called IMMEDIATELY.  




3. Standing Ground Water Near Septic Tank

Standing ground water in a concentrated area that has a hard time draining is a sign your drainfield is not functioning properly, is leaking, or your septic tank is backing up and leaking. 


4. Bad Odors

Foul smelling odors around your home can be a sign of septic problems. Odor inside of your home is a common indicator of a septic backup or ventilation problem. Odors outside of your home can be a sign of a septic or drainage problem. 

5. Patch of Overly Green Grass

A patch of overly green grass is usually a sign sewage is leaking from your septic tank or drainfield. This causes grass in that area to be over fertilized and become more lush and green than the rest of your yard.


If you ever experience any of these problems call Stamie E. Lyttle Co. to diagnose and solve your problems!